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Sebring: Kuno Wittmer race report

Kuno Wittmer earns 7th place with RealTime Racing Sebring, Florida.-- RealTime rookie driver Kuno Wittmer earned a deserving 7th place today in the maiden round of the 2007 SCCA Speed World Challenge as part of the 55th running of the 12 Hours...

Kuno Wittmer earns 7th place with RealTime Racing

Sebring, Florida.-- RealTime rookie driver Kuno Wittmer earned a deserving 7th place today in the maiden round of the 2007 SCCA Speed World Challenge as part of the 55th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida. The 24-year old Montreal, Quebec driver had qualified his RealTime Acura RSX in third place and was looking for a podium finish but things did not end up the way he expected. After a contact with another competitor in the early stages of the 18-lap, 66-mile sprint race, Wittmer lost his sixth gear, suffered from misalignment and slowly lost positions but still ended in seventh place. Nevertheless, by virtue of points earned in qualifying, Wittmer stands sixth in the standings, going into next event at Miller Motrosports Park in Utah next May.

''I'm very happy with my weekend although I expected to get a better finish, claimed Kuno Wittmer. The RealTime Acura RSX was very strong and I was happy with a combined fifth in practice and third in qualifying. I wanted to give the Mazdas a real run for their money: they were quicker on the straight but I was able to get closer in tighter corners. After a quick start, I had them in sight until I was contacted on the second lap by another competitor at the hairpin. He ran into my right door; my car alignment suffered in the process and sixth gear was gone. Coming into corner one on the next lap, I went off the track. From then I just survived until the end, using fifth gear to its 7800 rpm limit, keeping the car in straight line. I lost sixth place in the last corners. Since I had to race more than most of the race with a handicapped car, I think seventh in pretty decent."

Quickest RealTime in qualifying

Taking to the track on his own in practice and qualifying, Wittmer was impressive with a combined fifth in practice and third in qualifying, setting the pace for the RealTime Racing team. "My #44 Acura RSX was so strong and handled so well in corners, continued Wittmer, that I knew I would be in the Top 5. But to set best time ahead of my teammates came as a surprise, considering their experience and the little seat time I had. I have to give credit to the crew for such an amazing car. I think we have nice things lying ahead of us."

Next round in Utah in May

Kuno Wittmer will have to wait two full months before the next round at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. "Miller is a new facility I like very much, he adds. It's a long 23-turn track where you always look for the perfect lap. So many things can happen you have to be focused on your car and your track position. I'm not sure if we're going to have some testing until round two but I'll be ready for sure."

-credit: kw

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